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Wednesday, May 07, 2003


Are FTTH and powerline broadband competitive or complementary technologies?

Earlier this week, I suggested that FTTH (fiber to the home) and powerline broadband may actually be naturally complementary technologies. The fiber network design to support last mile powerline broadband systems looks just like the backbone network you'd use to feed the final few thousand feet runs of a FTTH system. Municipal power utilities politically unable to undertake a full FTTH deployment could initially deploy powerline broadband at first and then gracefully upgrade sections of their networks to FTTH as bandwidth demands increased.

Apparently some other people have been thinking the same thing:

"Eagle Broadband (AMEX:EAG), a leading supplier of broadband products, services and content, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Media Fusion, a leading developer of Hybrid Powerline Communications (HPLC) technology, to combine their two technologies with the objective of driving the next-wave of broadband communications into homes and businesses across the United States."

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